Tender Mercies

Tender Mercies

IMG_0067Missy was left at the shelter in mid July because her family had to leave the country.  She suffered from degenerative myelopathy which had left her hind quarters paralyzed.   The HSMC sought assistance from the public to get her out of the shelter and into a home where she could receive care and live in relative comfort and security.

John Biernbaum (JB), a HSMC board member, quickly responded.  He understood that the shelter was not the place for her and that she was to be euthanized because of her lack of quality life.  We knew that her prognosis was dire, but wanted to give her at least a few days of love, comfort, and happiness in a hospice-like setting.  And that’s exactly what JB did.  He slept with her on the floor, carried her outside to the bathroom, and gave her round-the-clock love and attention.

After what could be called a Dog’s Make a Wish Weekend, we accepted the fact that Missy required 24 hour care and attention, and that her prognosis was not good with the disease progressing rapidly.  We wanted her to pass over the Rainbow Bridge while feeling happy and loved, not scared and further impaired.  Dr. O’Neill and All Pets staff came to JB’s house after Missy had had the morning to lay in the sunshine, watching the birds and squirrels while eatingIMG_0074 an egg-sausage biscuit and a doughnut, surrounded by people who had quickly grown to love her and respect her patience and dignity.  Dr. O’Neill was gentle and compassionate, both with Missy and those of us present.

Thank you JB for demonstrating such generous devotion and love to a dog whose life was destined to be cut much too short.  It wasn’t an easy task.  Missy passed, with strong arms wrapped around her, hearing soft voices filled with love.

 RIP Missy.  Your sweet soul blessed us all.

Bonnie Skripps, HSMC President



Meet Diesel!  He is approximately 2 years old and is a mixed breed. He is current on his vaccinations and is neutered. Diesel is a happy and loving guy, but needs a family that can give him the attention and exercise he needs.  If interested, please contact Shirlene Jones at 217-357-1376.  Thank you! 

Missy Needs a New Home

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Missy urgently needs to find a friend and her forever home.

Missy is a pretty German Shepherd around 6 years of age who has mobility issues with her hind quarters. She is mild-mannered, friendly, and good with kids, cats, and other dogs.

Missy is now in the McDonough County Animal Shelter.She is in danger of being euthanized if she doesn’t soon find a home.

Missy would do well with a wheeled cart to help her get around. She would benefit from the opportunity to exercise.

If you can help this sweet girl contact the McDonough County Animal Shelter in Macomb, Illinois at 309-837-2989.   You can visit her Monday through Friday 11:00-5:00, and Saturday 10:00 to noon.

Heidi, Indigo, and Midnight Need Homes by July 23.

Heidi 11705237_10206255850930723_681419470481169931_nHeidi is a 8 year old spayed and front declawed black cat. She is used to living in a quiet home and needs to be the only cat and would prefer an adult-only home. She still loves to explore and play.


Indigo and Midnight are around 4 months old. These two (yes, there are two kittens in the picture) bundle of fluff love to race, play, and eat. They also enjoy attention. Both these boys would love to love you. They are available at the McDonough County Animal Shelter.

Adoption fee for cats REDUCED!

The McDonough County Board committee approved a further reduction of adoption fee for the month of June for cats that are already spayed or neutered.  Their adoption fee will be $13 plus the $12 microchip fee for a total of $25.  There are a number of pretty, friendly, and healthy cats at the shelter that are already spayed or neutered.  There are also a number of kittens and unaltered cats whose adoption fee will be $25 plus $12 for the spay/neuter for the remainder of June.  Please visit the shelter and find your new feline companion before the end of the month.

Two for One Special

Gypsey254Squeaker254With the sponsorship of the Free Range Yoga Group Gypsy and Squeaker, who are both already altered, can be adopted together for a total cost of $13.  These are great cats that would very much appreciate finding a forever home for the two of them.

Patches Needs a New Home

PatchesDue to allergies in my toddler, we are having to rehome our cats. We have had luck finding homes for two, Patches is the last. She is a very sweet kitty that loves attention. She has been spayed, front declawed, and is up to date on shots. She is about 7 years old.

Right now the plan is a no kill shelter NEXT Friday the 5th, but we would much rather see her go to a loving home.

Please contact Patrisha at 309-833-1604.

Cats need homes by June 1st!

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Bobbi and Ramsey are two terrific black and white cats.  Bobbi is a bob-tailed girl, with the softest fur.  She tends to be a quiet, reserved girl.  She’s one of the sweetest things around and won’t add any calories.  Bobbi is around a year old.

Ramsey is a lovable, loving 3-4 year old male cat with a little white ring of fur on his tale.  He loves to follow people around and enjoys both giving and receiving affection.

Bobbi and Ramsey need a home by June 1st.

Each cat has a $25 sponsorship towards their adoption from Dad’s Place!

Visit the McDonough County Animal Shelter website to look these two cuties over.